Monday, October 20, 2008

By the numbers...

Do you have too many numbers? Do you have trouble remembering all the passwords and logins and account numbers for every blessed thing out there? Insurance, drivers license, social security, e-mail, bills, checking account, prescriptions... everything has a number.

If you have a problem that you need to discuss with someone, the service rep doesn't want to know your name--they want to know your number. Everything stops if you don't know your number. They're not equipped to find your records any other way.

I wonder what will happen on the day that all the computers stop? Imagine. No records. You could be anyone in the world without your numbers. Maybe they'll start tattooing the numbers on at birth so you can't lose them. Didn't they do that once before?

There are other numbers they expect you to keep track of now. Blood pressure, cholesterol, sugar, thyroid levels and weight. And of course women have those monthly numbers to keep up. Doctors want to know your numbers whenever you drop in for a visit.

What do you suppose the world would be like if the alphabet had never been invented? Would we only have numbers then? Maybe we would all have little glyphs with our group type and then a number. So say that your group type was Orange Butterfly and then the number was 875346. Would that be more cumbersome to deal with than all the other stuff? Just think, you would be completely unique because though there might be other Orange Butterfly's and there might be other 875346's, there wouldn't ever be another Orange Butterfly 875346.

Actually... that might work. From one Orange Butterfly to the others...



  1. Then we would nto be writing books....

  2. I think there's a plot in that, Anny. Go for it.

  3. Hmmm. Way too deep for a monday morning.

  4. I CAN'T remember numbers. Sometimes I have trouble with my phone number because I never call myself. Jeez, that's dumb huh? More coffee.

  5. I write everything down. No way can I remember them all.
    Orange Butterflies, hey....